You have already graduated from nursing school and are now ready and excited to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
But here you are still clueless on how to choose which NCLEX-RN review books can best help you achieve the life-long dream of passing the NCLEX-RN Examination.
What type of NCLEX-RN review book is best for you?
There are basically three styles of NCLEX review: The Content Review, The Strategy Review and The Q&A Review. You first need to know which one would be best for you.
The Content Review means you need to focus on re-learning everything that you have learned (and forgotten) over the years. You have to review all the nursing topics one by one, and be able to remember them even whilst answering practice test questions. The Saunder’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination book is a really good content review book.
The Strategy Review focuses more on tips and test-taking strategies. If you think you already know a lot of content on nursing topics, you can focus more on eliminating choices and answering test questions. The Kaplan’s NCLEX Strategies, Practice and Review book will be a big help for you!
The Q&A Review style, as the name implies, focuses more on answering practice test questions. The Lippincott’s Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN with CD-ROM and Saunder’s Q&A Review for NCLEX are two really good Q&A review books.
Here’s a complete list of the ten best NCLEX-RN review books we highly recommend:
1. HESI NCLEX Review
Our Verdict: I will give this book two stars, as it is highly recommended for those who have confident test-taking abilities and those who prefer easy-to-read review books.
2. NCLEX Exam Cram
Our Verdict: This book gets three stars for having a good combination of content review and practice questions all in one quick and mobile study guide.
3. NCLEX-RN Review: Keeping it Real! Simplified (E-Book)
Our Verdict: This review e-book provides a new approach to nursing review and deserves three golden stars!
4. Kaplan’s NCLEX-RN Content Review Guide
Our Verdict: It deserves three stars because of the really good content it offers!
5. Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment Study Guide
Our Verdict: It deserves three stars as it also offers focused content review, case studies and challenging practice test questions.
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6. Saunder’s Q&A Review for NCLEX
Our Verdict: I will give this book four stars for its efficiency and really good content.
7. Kaplan’s NCLEX Strategies, Practice and Review
Our Verdict: It gets four stars for having a lot of practice questions and for the really amazing and helpful strategies.
8. Kaplan’s NCLEX-RN Premier 2014-2015
Our Verdict: It also includes tips for taking the test after previously failing it, a guide for international nurses and a quick guide on becoming licensed. Four stars for this one!
9. Saunder’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination
Our Verdict: This book gets five stars because it has all the nursing topics you need to know and has a lot of test questions for you to be able to practice.
10. Lippincott’s Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN with CD-ROM
Our Verdict: Definitely a five-star worthy complete package review book every future NCLEX-RN test-taker needs!
What do you think are the best NCLEX-RN review books? We would love to hear from you!
About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.